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cis P. Blair, Jr., had been organized into a party and were a compact and fanatical force in the bodypol-itic. Blair was a man of great strength of character, and a fearless and sagacious party leader. In the politics of the State he was an outlaw, and in the stormy period preceding the war he was more or less a revolutionist. He had nothing to lose and everything to gain by a bold course. Besides this, circumstances favored him. When Mr. Lincoln made up his cabinet, his brother, Judge Montgomery Blair, was appointed postmaster-general. Thus Frank Blair was the unquestioned leader of a considerable and well-organized party in the State, with the resources of the Federal government practically at his disposal as far as Missouri was concerned, and was well fitted by nature and experience to play a bold part in the terrible drama of war and revolution which was impending. Notwithstanding the comparative insignificance of the Republican vote in the State, the contest was not as une
pitch him into the river. But directly after Lincoln's inauguration and the appointment of Montgomery Blair a member of his cabinet, Lyon was assigned to the coveted command. He at once began to put of the State joined different commands temporarily to get an idea of the duties of a soldier. Blair and Lyon knew what the Southern men were doing about as well as they knew themselves, and at onct, was Southern born and Southern in all his associations, and entirely too conservative to suit Blair and Lyon, and they had been unceasing in their efforts to get him removed. They had not succeedbut Lyon got his authority to act directly from the war department. He had now five regiments. Blair was colonel of the first regiment, and John M. Schofield was major. Lyon was given command of te near him lay encamped the only organized military force of the State—less than 700 men. He and Blair were now ready to strike—to commit the overt act for which the Southern leaders had been so long
a pretext for beginning hostilities as he and Blair wanted. They, therefore, proceed at once to mguarded by Capt. Jo Kelly's company. Now that Blair and Lyon were levying war on the State in the it passed resolutions, unanimously, denouncing Blair and Lyon, the capture of Camp Jackson and the y law. This agreement gave great offense to Blair and Lyon. They had objected vehemently to Har-General Lyon assumed command the next day. Blair and Lyon now had everything in their own hands them temporarily. The plan was, as stated by Blair in a letter to the President, to advance into ngfield, and other points if found advisable. Blair thought the troops raised in the State, reinfoked for a conference with General Lyon and Colonel Blair; and again at their intercession the latte; the Federal government, by General Lyon, Colonel Blair, and Maj. H. L. Conant of Lyon's staff. Tan for the Federal side. But Lyon soon thrust Blair aside, and took the lead in the discussion. N[6 more...]
into active service, for the purpose of repelling invasion and protecting the property, liberty and lives of .he citizens of the State. He and General Price knew Blair and Lyon well enough to know that, now they were invested with full power, they would act at once. It was, therefore, decided to move the armory and workshop, whithe retreat of Governor Jackson and General Price and the troops with them, whom he proposed to drive from the Missouri river counties. His own force consisted of Blair's and Boernstein's regiments, Totten's light battery, Company F Second artillery, and Company B Second regular infantry—aggregating about 2,000 men. The southwest city, and proceeded with the remainder of his command—about 1,700 men, to Booneville. Eight miles below the town he disembarked his command, except one company of Blair's regiment and a detachment of artillery with a howitzer, which he ordered to continue up the river to deceive the enemy, while he moved on them by land. Govern